New right-wing game

It’s called “Let’s Make Lefty Heads Explode”.  Here’s how it goes:

A popular left-wing political leader passes away.  The shock and sadness at this cruel turn of events transcends ideology as most everyone expresses their sorrow during the very human moment of shared loss and mutual comforting that ensues.  We all hug, ever so briefly.

Then the first shitball is fired across the plate, lobbed by a bitter and twisted conservative columnist.  She tastelessly chooses the day the lefty leader dies to publicly slag the somewhat political but heartfelt and inspiring deathbed missive he left behind.   The outraged response of the left erupts like rancid lava and pours over the Blogosphere and across the Twitterverse and through the social media.  Anger spirals into furious purple rage and lefty heads start exploding as righties look on with startled delight.

And think: “Hmm… that was more fun than pulling the wings off a fly!”

“Hells yeah!  Let’s do it again!”

So a few more join in with their own cheap little shows of ignorance calculated to provoke and infuriate, which predictably work exactly according to plan.  And pretty soon it isn’t about the departed lefty political leader anymore, it’s about right-wingers enjoying the weird Pavlovian response they’re getting to just about anything they say that’s even tangentially related to him.  In some corners of the political spectrum, the sight of snarling lefties running around with their hair on fire in full foam-at-mouth mode makes for fine entertainment on a dull day, or any day for that matter.  So they bring in a few more players, escalate, up the ante, turn up the volume, get a zamboni to plow back the shattered bits of skull and brain between games, and play another round.

Yes, it’s a game, Charlie Brown.  And as usual, Lucy’s winning.

Illegitimi non carborundum, peeps!

10 Responses to “New right-wing game”

  1. 2 JJ Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 7:24 am

    As I said at your place, you put it beautifully.

    I’m not normally given to emotional excess, but even to me this was no ordinary week. So I really hated seeing us descend to acknowledging a few jerks — and it really was just a few — who tried to make it the ordinary Vitriol-As-Usual kind of week.

    As soon as I saw the Blatchford column I knew there’d be an outraged response to it (and rightly so, there’s a time & place) which would be like waving a red cape in front of a bull. They’re not mocking Jack Layton’s death, they’re mocking the emotional response to it. Maybe because deep-down they know that they have no leaders whose passing would invoke that kind of groundswell of grief. I don’t know, and frankly, I don’t care.

    What I learned from Jack was the value of flashing a smile, brushing it off with grace and focusing on what’s really important.

    At least for this week.

  2. 3 Terrence Watson Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I probably don’t need to ask if you saw Ezra Levant’s show yesterday..

  3. 4 JJ Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Actually, no, I didn’t see Ezra’s show yesterday. (My TV watching is pretty much limited to CNBC in the morning, and as soon as I’m finished trading I shut the accursed thing off for the rest of the day.)
    However, I did hear something about him wearing an orange wig, and it sounded pretty goofy to me. At this point it’s pretty obvious we’re being baited, and I’m not playing.

  4. 5 deBeauxOs Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I reacted to Blatchford’s vituperation, as I always do whatever her target du jour, but only on Twitter.

    The RightWing NutJob venom really was abject, and it was pure provocation as you pointed out, JJ.

    I’m listening to the Radio-Canada live coverage of Jack’s funeral event at the moment. There is a First Nations person conducting a ritual, as befits the spirit of that lovely man.

    I can barely imagine how that element will be reviled, mocked and disparaged by the Usual Contemptible Bunch.

  5. 6 JJ Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I don’t blame people for responding angrily to Blatchford’s puke in the NatPo. Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants, but saying it on the day the guy died was tacky in the extreme. Time and place, FFS.

    But after that it seemed like it was just a fun game everyone was piling onto. As I said to Sol above, after awhile it wasn’t about mocking Layton at all, it was about seeing how many lefty heads could be made to explode. I just figured, why give them the pleasure when they’re just a few jerks.

  6. 7 Terrence Watson Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    ” At this point it’s pretty obvious we’re being baited, and I’m not playing.”

    That has to be the right attitude to take. Your Charlie Brown analogy is spot on.

  7. 8 JJ Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    One fine day it would be nice to see Charlie Brown stroll nonchalantly past the football whistling a happy little tune♬ and without missing a beat, give Lucy a quick sideways boot to the noggin. “Oh geez, I missed the football again!”

    But no, he’ll(we’ll) just keep kicking at the football and going ass over teakettle.

  8. 9 Rehsab Thgir Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

    If we remain Canadians and do not fulfill their dream of turning Canada into the U.S.A., their little game will not succeed.

  9. 10 J. A. Baker Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    There is a First Nations person conducting a ritual, as befits the spirit of that lovely man.

    Hopefully, he won’t be the victim of right-wing insults, like what happened the last time a someone representing Native Americans/First Nations peoples blessed a memorial

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